Sunday, February 5th, 2023
Sunday, February 5th, 2023

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Minnesota Pro Tip of the Week: With Mille Lacs smallies, be the crawdad

Jim DaRosa 


Years of guiding experience: 15


Favorite waters: Lake Mille Lacs


For a few years now, the Ned rig has been all the rage for Mille Lacs smallie anglers, but the good and trusty ole tube jig is staring to make a comeback.


I find both baits are solid options right now.


Rising water temperatures speeds up a bass’ metabolism, and the fish have to eat more often.


Both of these baits are fished on the bottom, but some make the mistake of moving them awfully fast. You want them to mimic a crawfish.


That requires you to slow down your presentation. Make a cast towards some structure, and let it sink to the bottom. Watch your line limp up. Don’t pump the bait too hard. Crawfish don’t hop two feet at a time, so only put enough sauce on your action to have the bait moving along, making small hops on the lake bottom.


DaRosa operates Jim DaRosa’s Smallmouth Bass Guide Service on Lake Mille Lacs, which is suspended this summer due to the pandemic. He can be reached at (320) 630-4792.

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